Wild by Emily Hughes

A couple of days ago, it was the birthday of my little son. For me, having a child like him was a SHOCK. Son N1 was an angel, the perfect child.
This one is something else, he breaks everything he touches, he always finds a different use for things, he screams, tantrums for 30 minutes, we are always living in A& E, he never agrees with what I say, and he is only 2 and driving me crazy.

So when I heard about this book, I thought it was perfect for him. It is called WILD.

The story goes that this feral girl was raised in the jungle by animals and then some humans tried to take her to the civilisation. It didn’t go very well. The story is a wonderful, heart warming one, specially if you love animals.

But I want to put special attention to the illustrations, they are marvellous. Emily Hughes’s scenes depict some very sweet moments between the animals and the girl. You can buy it from the Flying Eye website.

We read this book again and again with my 2 sons and we love it. I treasure it and I keep it safe from the wild creature in my house, and to be honest (shh don’t tell him) I bought more for me that for him.

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Images by Flying Eye Books

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The day the crayons quit

Of course it was Christmas and I have many many new books to recommend, these kids are so lucky, they had a lot of new books as presents.

The one we read yesterday was “The day the crayons quit” which is a very original story.
The crayons don’t want to work anymore so they each wrote a complain letter to their owner Duncan. It is brilliant, extremely funny story by Drew Daywalt.

Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, the creator of Lost and Found.

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Little Big Worlds, an amazing illustration project

I want to tell you about an amazing illustrator who is doing an awesome project called Pequeños Grandes Mundos (Little Big Worlds). His name is Ivanke, and he is Argentinian. I came across his work via Facebook because he is a friend of a friend. He is travelling all over Latin American, staying in tiny little villages, helping kids to draw, and running workshops for free. His paying for all these projects himself and has already been to Argentina, Bolivia, Perú, Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico y Cuba.

There is one simple goal: to create art with children from cities all around the world, reaching boys and girls from different communities in every continent.

550 days, 50 countries drawing with kids. He spent 230 in Latin America and the next stop is Asia. You can see a film about this project here with subtitles.

How can you help? Well, you can buy his illustrations that help to subsidise the last bit of his trip in Asia here or in his online shop where you can buy beautiful framed illustrations. Christmas is coming and you will be a supporting a wonderful project!

The Hole

So in my never ending search for new book for my children, I found this one. It is called THE HOLE by Øyvind-Torseter. It is a very simple but funny story, the character finds a hole in his flat, as you can see all the book has a hole in the middle, so the story evolves with the character and the hole. You have to buy it, I’m not giving away the story, it’s too good!

You can find it Amazon

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Rosie Blair

I adore Rosie Blair illustrations, they are just adorable and funny. The characters are just perfect and they will make you smile every time. She is based in Wimbledon Art Studios
and you can see her artwork at the next Open Studios or contact her via her website to order cards, prints, commissions, etc. My favourite “Morning Hair” 🙂

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Rob Murray

Rob Murray just make me laugh so much. He has these brilliant ideas on paper to make everyone smile.
His cartoons appear in Private Eye, Reader’s Digest, The Spectator, Prospect, The Oldie, The Week and many other magazines. Based in London,he is also a regular pocket cartoonist for Scottish daily newspaper The Press & Journal. Other magazines that use Rob’s work include Prospect, The Week, History Today, Viz, The Oldie, New Humanist, and numerous trade publications. Enjoy!

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Big Mean Mike

I picked this book from the library last week. Mainly because I was intrigued by the cover.
It is hilarious.
Big Mean Mike is the biggest, toughest dog in the whole neighbourhood. He has a big mean car that he likes to drive around the big, mean streets. Everyone knows that Mike is big and mean and that’s just the way he likes it. Then one day a tiny fuzzy bunny shows up in his car. Before anyone can see, Mike puts the bunny down on the pavement and drives away. When the tiny fuzzy bunny shows up again and this time brings a friend, Mike tells them both to get lost. Big, mean dogs do not hang out with tiny, fuzzy bunnies! But gosh, those bunnies are SO sweet…
My son loved it! And I love the lesson that it teaches to the kids. Very recommended.

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My big shouting day

I bought this book for my son’s birthday. It’s just great! The girl had such a bad day and had tantrums about absolutely everything, which made me laugh. I guess children can learn that they can have a bad day sometimes as well. I really recommend this book. Actually, it won an award “WINNER OF THE ROALD DAHL FUNNY PRIZE 2012”.
You can find it on Amazon here

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